exactly. take out Chavez from this news story, substitute "The One" and who does it sound like?Who says Obama wasn’t paying attention to his Mentor ‘Franklin Marshall Davis ‘Hugo Pitted 'poor Venezuelans against prosperous' sounds much like Obama’s agenda!!
__________s legacy of economic nationalism and authoritarian rule will haunt __________ and its neighbors for years to come.
A country that was once one of the few democracies — albeit an imperfect __________ now lies at the bottom of hemispheric rankings on institutional quality and political and civil liberties.
Ironically,_________ used elections, referenda and legal technicalities to destroy vital democratic institutions, such as the separation of powers and the independence of media — when the free press acted more like the government press.
__________ called it “Socialism of the 21st century,” but its main features — messianic leadership, state control of key industries and political repression — more closely resemble fascism.
__________s economy is one of his greatest casualties. The Fraser Institute’s latest Economic Freedom of the World report ranks __________ as the least free economy of 144 nations studied. The inflation rate is among the highest in the world.
The concrete facts are grimmer still: The country suffers from chronic shortages of electricity and basic goods. Its roads, bridges and other infrastructure are literally falling apart after years of neglect, while _______’s industrial and agricultural capacity has been decimated by repeated expropriations and nationalizations.
The country now imports 70 percent of its food. The currency was devalued by 32 percent after a government spending spree leading up to last October’s presidential election left a staggering fiscal deficit of 8.5 percent of GDP.
And that might not be enough: On the black market, the currency is trading at a third the new official rate against the dollar, so an even larger devaluation may come soon.
__________ wouldn’t have been able to pursue his populist agenda if it weren’t for raising taxes on the successful, which some estimate accounted for $________ in revenues during his tenure. About a third went for social programs — hence his popularity among the poor and low information voters. But the rest was squandered in dubious investments or went to swell the bank accounts of a new privileged class called the “______”— so named because they’ve prospered tremendously under __________s so-called redistribution of wealth and reparations campaign.
Tens of billions also went to foster his regional ambitions — financing extreme left-wing political parties, governments and even armed insurgencies and attacks by drones.
Still, the menace of leftist populism in __________ will be greatly contained by the absence of __________s wallet and charisma and by the visible mess he left behind. Countries such as Canada that have chosen democratic capitalism are faring much better and represent a far more attractive model.
In the final analysis, history will remember __________ as an authoritarian empty suit whose policies set back __________s development and institutions by decades. The faster __________ turns the page, the better.
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